Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University

Sustainable Smart Cities

This dual Master's programme is a professional postgraduate course that provides an inter-disciplinary grounding in the principles, application and key technologies required to develop sustainable smart cities. This international course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and critical thinking to assess, design and implement sustainable smart cities strategies across the globe. As a dual award you will receive two Master's degrees, one from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and one from Staffordshire University. Upon successful completion of the Master's programme you will be awarded the following degrees: MEng Sustainable Smart Cities (UAB); MSc Sustainable Smart Cities (SU). The course offers a broad curriculum covering sustainability theory, sustainable urban development, low carbon and renewable energy systems, green infrastructure, natural resource management, health and liveability, transport and mobility, big data analytics and smart technologies.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree, or equivalent, from an officially recognised institution of higher education in an appropriate subject. Candidates who have substantial related work experience, with a demonstrable interest in or a commitment to urban planning, sustainability and environmental management issues and/or smart city approaches will also be considered. Where specific professional expertise is involved, candidates who do not have a 1st degree, but who have qualifications or experiences which could be accredited through Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) are welcome to apply. Postgraduate diploma recognised as being equivalent to an Honours degree or accredited professional or vocational experience in urban planning / design / management / sustainability related areas of practice will also be considered. Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must be able to demonstrate proficiency in English language and have IELTS standard of at least 6 or TOEFL score of between 60-78 (or equivalent).

Assessment methods

Every module contributes to the overall final grade for the award. To reflect the varied nature of the award content you will be formally assessed in a variety of formats, including essays, reports, portfolios of tasks, and a range of shorter submitted assignments (including participation in online discussion boards) and in some modules by online examinations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MEng Distance learning September 2016 - 2 years
MSc Distance learning September 2016 - 2 years

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